Tag Archives: Energy Department

Agency Officials on Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Supporting Internet of Things

Internet of Things

Federal officials discussed how their agencies could help support internet of things (IoT) through public-private partnerships. Daniel Morgan said agencies working to establish relationships with industry associations could enable such partnerships to support IoT. Emery Csulak said most discussions on 5G are about supply chain risk management, incident response and workforce. 

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DOE Unveils Plan to Guide Hydrogen-Focused Pursuits; Dan Brouillette Quoted

Dan Brouillette

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a strategy that highlights how DOE plans to pursue hydrogen-related research, development and demonstration projects. The Hydrogen Program Plan aims to enable the production, storage, transportation and application of hydrogen in multiple economic sectors. The Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy will also take part in the plan's activities.

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DOE Establishes Fellowship to Support Industry-Government Collab on Operational Tech; Dan Brouillette Quoted

Dan Brouillette

The Department of Energy has initiated an effort to foster collaboration between the government's national security experts and the energy industry's operational technology managers. DOE said Wednesday its OT Defender Fellowship tasks Idaho National Laboratory to help critical infrastructure security practitioners gain an increased understanding of cybersecurity.

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DOE to Finance Chemistry Software Projects; Chris Fall Quoted

Chris Fall

The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to invest $32 million in software research and development supporting chemistry studies. DOE said Monday it will give companies, universities and national laboratories the opportunity to pursue multidisciplinary software projects under four-year awards. Interested parties may submit pre-applications through Dec. 2nd and final applications through Feb. 8, 2021.

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DOE Selects Projects for $80M Coal FIRST Energy Plant Investment

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) plans to award $80 million for four cost-shared projects that will aim to develop electricity and hydrogen energy plant technologies with net-zero carbon emissions. DOE said Wednesday that its Office of Fossil Energy selected four projects under the Coal FIRST program that seeks to eventually design, develop and integrate the sought energy systems.

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DOE, NASA Sign Collaboration Agreement to Tackle Space Opportunities; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

The Department of Energy and NASA have formed a new agreement in support of national space policies and the Artemis program, an effort to bring back manned space exploration. “This new MOU will continue our esteemed work together as this Administration strives to reach the next generation of space innovations and exploration,” said secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette.

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DOE’s Greg Sisson Warns Public on Social Engineering Scams

Department of Energy

Greg Sisson, acting deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity and chief information security officer at the Department of Energy (DOE), said the public must be wary of scams that use social engineering tactics amid the pandemic. Sisson explained that social engineering scams use human interaction through texts, phone calls, emails and online platforms to obtain personal information.

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DOE Allots Funds to Help NIST Bolster Energy, Maritime Cybersecurity; Sean Plankey Quoted

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy has agreed to invest $3 million in research and development of tools and methods that support energy and maritime cybersecurity. DOE said Monday its Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to bolster cybersecurity in maritime transportation and energy grids.

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NNSA Unveils Centers of Excellence for Exascale Computing-Based Nuclear Stockpile Research; Mark Anderson Quoted

Nuclear Stockpile

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has chosen nine universities that will serve as centers of excellence for nuclear stockpile research and development efforts driven by simulation and exascale computing technologies. The universities will serve as Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP) III Centers and work to drive research into weapons stockpile management in line with NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) initiative. 

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Address US Reliance on Foreign Adversaries’ Critical Minerals

White House

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to declare a national emergency to help address the threat posed by the country’s dependence on critical minerals from foreign adversaries to U.S. national security, economy and foreign policy. The secretary of the State Department should hand over to the executive branch a report to establish resilient critical mineral supply chains,

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